Dr. Elizabeth Jones AO | The World of La Mama | The Art Hunter | Ep 58 | Now LIVE
In this episode of The Art Hunter, David Hunt talks to Dr. Elizabeth Jones AO, the Artistic Director and CEO of the world-renowned La Mama.
Dr. Elizabeth Jones AO completed a Bachelor of Arts at the ANU and a Diploma of Education at Sydney University in 1966, was awarded a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from the ANU in 1996, and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Civil Celebrancy at Monash University in 2006.
In 2012 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), the citation specifically mentioning her work with playwrights and the indigenous theatre community.
In 1971 she met Betty Burstall and in 1973 began working for Betty at La Mama as well as performing there with partner Lloyd Jones. She took over as Artistic Director in 1976.
In 1998 Arts Victoria approached Liz to take over management of the Carlton Courthouse. She accepted and La Mama has managed it very effectively since. In 2017 Working Heritage Victoria have commenced extensive renovations to render it a highly effective theatrical venue, a commitment to the future very much appreciated by the La Mama Community.
Liz has worked as a performance artist with the ensemble led by Lloyd Jones continuously since 1973. Liz has been an Australian representative at Women’s International Playwrights’ Conference in Adelaide (1994) Galway (1997) Manila (where she facilitated Tammy Anderson’s “I don’t Want to Play House” and Andrea James “Yanagai Yanagai” in 2003), Sweden (2012) and Cape Town (2015) as performer, director and facilitator.
In 1995 Liz was awarded the 1994 Kenneth Myer Medallion for the Performing Arts. In 2000 she was awarded the Sidney Myer “Facilitator’s” Award and in 2001 Liz received the Green Room Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2002 she was placed on The Victorian Women’s Honour Roll and in 2008 received the Dorothy Crawford AWGIE for her contribution to playwriting. She received the 2018 Australia Council Award for Theatre and in 2019 was presented with The Sue Natrass Award by Live Performance Australia.
Liz lives in Newport with her husband performance maker Lloyd Jones. She has five beloved children, three brilliant daughters-in-law, and nine exciting grandchildren.
In The Art Hunter, David Hunt explores the artist with an in-depth look into their background; where they came from, the type and work they do, their latest work, and where they see the future.
Host: David Hunt
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Director: Tim Barnett
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